How would one travel from Constantinople to Jerusalem in the beggining of the XII centuary?

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How would one travel from Constantinople to Jerusalem in the beggining of the XII centuary?

Post by Holmskiy on Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:44 am

I have recently read about one of the most popular Russin books of the XII centuary, describing a man who somehow pulled it off. Any ideas how? I would appreciate the exact cities he might have past on his way.
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Re: How would one travel from Constantinople to Jerusalem in the beggining of the XII centuary?

Post by DavidlVofGeorgia on Fri Jul 28, 2017 4:34 pm

Probably by boat. It would only be a short walk from the Israeli coast to Jerusalem.
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Re: How would one travel from Constantinople to Jerusalem in the beggining of the XII centuary?

Post by Cold War Communist on Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:54 pm

Are you asking this more as a trivia question, or are you looking for help determining how this could have been pulled off?

If it's the former, I won't respond because it would be cheating (I googled this to death). If it's the latter, I would like the name of this traveler so I can get you the best response.
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Re: How would one travel from Constantinople to Jerusalem in the beggining of the XII centuary?

Post by Holmskiy on Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:00 am

Cold War Communist wrote:Are you asking this more as a trivia question, or are you looking for help determining how this could have been pulled off?

If it's the former, I won't respond because it would be cheating (I googled this to death). If it's the latter, I would like the name of this traveler so I can get you the best response.

It's the latter. His name is Daniel the Piligrim, mentioned as "the Traveller" on English wikipedia for some reason. Sorry for my ignorance, but the answer is actually right there, on English wikipedia of all places. I simply neglected English sources, because I thought only Russian and Ukrainian ones would have the information I need.

It seems he somehow got to Palestine by boat, passing Cyprus on his way, making various other trips from Jerusalem as well. Although, considering the Wikipedia page couldn't even get the name right, the other information given there might be misinterpreted as well. So maybe this topic deserves further discussion.
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Re: How would one travel from Constantinople to Jerusalem in the beggining of the XII centuary?

Post by Cold War Communist on Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:25 am

That was the information I discovered as well. Unfortunately my only other answer would be to go east through Kievan Rus and move south through the Caucus region (either by Black or Caspian Sea).

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volga_trade_route

Most of my info comes from studying the topic in the above link. We referred to it as the "silver road", though, not the "Volga Trade Route".
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Re: How would one travel from Constantinople to Jerusalem in the beggining of the XII centuary?

Post by KingMyrddin on Sat Jul 29, 2017 11:05 pm

The most common option would be to take a boat from Constantinople across the Bosporus to Anatolia, and then travel by foot to Jerusalem. In fact, one of the main excuses for the first crusade and the reason for the establishment of the Knights Templar was the protection of the Pilgrims traveling through the holy land to Jerusalem and other holy sites.

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